Violence Reduction Campaign Launched in Fife

Published 11 July 2017

Police in Fife have lauched their next campaign in a series of initiatives aimed at keeping the Kingdom safe.

Operation Path demonstrates the Division's commitment to tackling violent crime throughout the region through a range of enforcement and engagement activities.

As part of this officers will be undertaking high-visibility patrols alongside partners at Fife Council within 'hot-spot' areas to deter further incidents and discuss any joint endeavours, which can be taken to prevent violence occurring.

In addition, police will be targeting known violent offenders in Fife and conducting a series of bail checks and visits to ensure those currently on licence from prison are adhering to the terms of their release.

Warrants will also be executed for those currently wanted for a violent offence and anyone currently subject to an active warrant is being urged to present themselves at a local police station or prepare to be arrested.

Crime prevention is at the core of Operation Path and local officers from the Central, West and East Fife areas will be working alongside a variety of partners to support diversionary activities aimed at directing young people away from situations that could result in violence.

School Liaison Officers have already provided a range of inputs to High Schools across Fife ahead of the summer holidays and between now and New year will continue to provide youths with a range of opportunities to make positive lifestyle choices.

In Dunfermline, Community Policing Teams have been liaising with Fife College and a local tattoo artist to help any teenagers interested in following this career path develop the necessary skills they require.

Within Cowdenbeath a partnership project known as Kick Start is already underway involving Police Scotland, Fife Council Social Work, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, SACRO, Active Schools and Cowdenbeath Football Club.

The initiative aims to engage with children on the fringes of criminality and teach them skills such as teamwork, decision making, problem solving, social responsibility and improve health and wellbeing.

Chief Superintendent Colin Gall, Divisional Commander for Fife, said: "This is the latest community safety operation we've launched as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping the Kingdom safe.

"We recognise the impact violence has on our communities and through Operation Path we want to make it clear that such offences will not be tolerated in Fife.

"My officers have been working very closely with a range of partners to devise an action plan for tackling violence and we hope to to not only see a reduction in crimes of this nature, but to have fostered even greater engagement with our communities in reporting violence when it does occur."

Chief Inspector Stevie Hamilton, who is leading on Operation Path, said: "We want to keep Fife a safe place to live, work and visit, and Operation Path has been created specifically for looking at the areas where violence tends to occur and to identify those responsible, or likely to become involved, and prevent further offending.

"In addition to the high-visibilty patrols and enforcement activity you will see across Fife over the coming months, police will be liaising with local licensed premises to improve information sharing between our respective organisations.

"We have also assisted Dunfermline's Bus Station in providing Bus Marshalls, who will help deal with, an ultimately deter, crimes of violence at this premises during key times.

"The vast majority of Fife's young people are a credit to themselves, their families and their schools, however, we recognise that a small minority are responsible for a significant proportion of the antisocial behaviour, disorder and associated offences we respond to.

"As such, we have been working with Fife Council, local High Schools and other relevant partners to provide some really excellent opportunities for Fife's young people to get involved with.

"We are grateful for all the support we have received in developing Operation Path and look forward to reaping the benefits in tackling violent crime within the Kingdom."

Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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